‘Black Caviar’ Remains Undefeated, Yet Again!: Saturday, 28th April, 2012

I awoke for the last time at half past six to the sounds of ‘Jasper’ (twelve and a half years) and “Zed” (not her name by pedigree) each demanding to receive their respective biscuit. I left the pair downstairs, as I wanted to see what musical content I had managed to record overnight from the ABC’s programme, “rage”. The show had celebrated its ‘Silver Jubilee’ some weeks ago. “Catch Us If You Can”, a British film from 1965, in glorious black and white, screened from 9.30 a.m. on the channel, 9GEM. It features the rock group, The Dave Clark Five, a seller of more than fifty million records in its time.

“Weekend Sunrise”, which screens from seven o’ clock on Channel Seven’s Studio 52 in Martin Place, Sydney, has Samantha Armytage, who is thirty-five years of age, and Andrew “Deal Or No Deal” O’Keefe (forty years) as its presenters. The ultra-slim Jessica Rowe read its news bulletins, and the weather reports today came via James Tobin (thirty-two) from the Farmers’ Markets in the suburb of New Farm, in Brisbane, where, unfortunately for the farmers, it was raining. Simon “It’s Academic” Reeve (fifty) presented the reports on sport from the Olympic equestrian trials, in Sydney.

KFC says that it will appeal against the decision that was handed down yesterday in which a young girl was awarded eight million dollars in damages plus the cost of her family’s legal fees. The family had claimed that she had received severe cerebral damage after she had consumed contaminated chicken, which had allegedly been served in a ‘Twister’. Her family has fought the legal battle for three years, especially as she requires continual medical care for the remainder of her life.

Australia has won the series of three Tests, that concluded overnight in the Caribbean. The Third Test, played in Dominica, was won by seventy-five runs and the series by two Tests to nil. Wicketkeeper, Matthew Wade, received the award for ‘Man Of The Match’. The West Indies was dismissed for 294 runs. Its captain, Darren Sammy, scored 61 runs; Shivnarine Chanderpaul, 69 and Dwayne Bravo, 45. Australia’s captain, Michael Clarke’s left-arm spin claimed 5-86 while the off spin of Nathan Lyon took 3 wickets for 87. This means that the latter is the leading taker of wickets in this series with thirteen to his name. It is only the second occasion in his career that Clarke has claimed five wickets in an innings.

At least nine people have been killed in suicidal attacks in Syria.

Last night, Manly narrowly defeated Canterbury by twelve points to ten. The game of rugby league had been described on Channel Nine by Ray ‘Rabbits’ Warren, who is sixty-eight years of age. Manly was coached by Des Hasler last season, when the club won the premiership. However, this season he is the coach of Canterbury, with Geoff Toovey occupying his former position at Manly.

The Brisbane ‘Broncos’ — or as I prefer to call them “Drongos” (tongue in cheek, of course) — defeated the Gold Coast ‘Titans’ by twenty-six points to six at Suncorp Stadium, which was formerly known as Lang Park, in Brisbane.

Thousands of people have been found to have been exposed to asbestos during and after the floods in Queensland, last year.

A man has been arrested after he held four people hostage in central London, just three months prior to the scheduled commencement of the Olympic Games in the English capital. The perpetrator, who is fifty years of age, walked into a building in Tottenham Court Road with cylinders, that contained gas, strapped to his body. Objects were thrown from windows during the siege, which had a duration of three hours.

The retired American space shuttle, ‘Enterprise’, has ridden on a so-called ‘Jumbo Jet’ airliner as it flew across New York City. The United States is in the process of ceasing its programme in regards to the use of space shuttles. The craft is to spend a few days at JFK Airport prior to its settlement at a museum in New York.

The Dow Jones has closed the week at 13,228 +24 points; the NASDAQ at 3,069 +19; London’s FTSE 100 at 5,777 +28; while Frankfurt’s DAX finished at 6,801 +61. Gold is trading higher at $US1,663/oz and oil(W.T.I.) at $US104.50/brl. The $AUD is the equivalent of $US1.o4, 84 Japanese yen, 79 euro cents, 64 British pence and $NZ1.27.

An English primary school has released a photograph from 1951 which shows Mick Jagger and Keith Richards when they were in the same class. Although they attended separate high schools, it is, of course, musical history that they were reunited in the formation of The Rolling Stones. The photograph of the pair, at the age of seven, has been released to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the group.

Morphettville Racecourse, in Adelaide, is officially sold out, for this afternoon, at twenty past four, the champion of sprinters, Black Caviar, is to attempt to win her twentieth race. The mare is yet to taste defeat. She is trained by Peter Moody and is to be ridden by Luke Nolen. Should the mare of five years be successful this afternoon she will become, globally, the first horse since the 1870s to have achieved such a feat.

There are fears that India and Pakistan are on the verge of conflict. Both have tested their latest ballistic missiles. The two countries have fought three wars since 1947. India and China fought a war fifty years ago and the former’s latest missile possesses the range to reach Beijing. Globally, India is reportedly the largest importer of arms.

Channel Nine’s “Weekend Today” coincides with Channel Seven’s “Weekend Sunrise” between seven and nine o’clock. Its co-presenters, this morning, are Cameron Williams (forty-nine) and Leila McKinnon (thirty-nine) who is pregnant with her first child to Bruce Gyngell, the Chief Executive Officer of the Nine Network.

Deborah Knight (thirty-nine), who was allegedly shown the door at Channel Ten to reportedly make way for Sandra Sully to read the “TEN Eyewitness News” between 5.00 and 6.00 p.m., reads this morning’s bulletins. The sport is covered by the ursine Tim Gilbert (forty-four) and the weather by Emma Freedman (twenty-two), who is at the Sydney Observatory atop Observatory Hill that is located in close proximity to the Harbour Bridge. The observatory is hosting a display of some historic telescopes.

The rumours, that were muted yesterday, pertaining to Prime Minister, Julia Gillard’s position becoming evermore tenuous, continue to exist. Only now, it would appear, that she has but a month to reverse the growing disquiet that pervades her leadership.

The crowd of 30,000, in Adelaide, watches in awe as ‘Black Caviar’ wins easily, and pays $1.04 for a unit of $1.00 placed on the tote to win and $1.04 to place, on the N.S.W. T.A.B. These dividends mirror those of Super-T.A.B., whilst on Tatt’s tote the respective dividends are $1.10 and $1.00 (which, of course, is tantamount to no profit). Her twentieth win has come in the Robert Sangster Stakes, at the level of Group One. Even against opposition of quality she still had a margin of four and a half lengths to spare. Broadcaster, Hilton Donaldson, who called the race, became quite emotional in describing what he had just witnessed.

The races at Eagle Farm, in Brisbane, as well as the meeting at Southport on the Gold Coast were cancelled due to heavy rain.

As many as 50,000 people have demonstrated in Malaysia against what they believe is a flawed electoral system. The crowd gathered in Kuala Lumpur, only to be dispersed by the use of water cannon.

On Monday, Australia will finally be declared to be free from drought. Such conditions have persisted for the past decade.

Ms Georgie Gardner (forty-one) read “National Nine News” from five o’clock this evening. The report on sport was presented by Erin Molan.  At seven o’clock Felicity Davey reads the “ABC News” in its entirety, to viewers in New South Wales.

The Western ‘Bulldogs’ 15.12 (104) defeated the fledgling Greater Western Sydney ‘Giants’ 9.8 (62), in Canberra, this afternoon. The latter is still seeking its first win of the season after, this, the fifth round of competition, in the A.F.L.

Telephone boxes in London have become redundant due to the advent of the mobile. The company, BT, is selling off its boxes for approximately three thousand dollars each.

“Getaway”, screened on Channel Nine between 5.30 and 6.00p.m. Its reporters are Natalie Gruzlewski, who helps to sail a yacht in New Caledonia; Jason Dundas, who visits Jakarta; Jules Lund, who experiences sheep shearing near Wilpena Pound in South Australia’s Flinders Ranges on the sheep station, Rawnsley Park. Catriona Rowntree visits a French villa at Howden near Hobart, Tasmania, and Giaan Rooney visits Fort Denison in Sydney Harbour.

“The Sydney Weekender” on Channel Seven and screened simultaneously to “Getaway”, features its host, Mike Whitney and his appearance at the Hawkesbury Vegetable Farm. The programmes other reporters are Erica Davis, Rose Kelly (the wife of Channel Nine’s presenter of the weather, Steve Jacobs), Darren Coggan and Karen Ledbury. It is followed for an hour by “Seven News”, read by Mark Ferguson, who left Channel Nine towards the end of 2009. Matt Carmichael presents its sport before Mark Ferguson returns to present the report on the weather.

Between five and six o’clock, the “TEN Eyewitness News” is read jointly by Matt Doran and Natarsha Belling. The segment on sport, ‘Sports Tonight’, is presented by Mr Rob Canning and the weather, by Ellie Southwood.

The enquiry on Thursday, into whether the suspended Speaker of the House, Peter Slipper, misused government funds to travel by limousine, has reportedly raised more questions than answers. The Australian Federal Police is now investigating. Mr Slipper’s driver of twelve years has allegedly faced charges of having forged dockets in the past. Mr Slipper denies his fares are excessive, claiming that travel by limousine is cheaper than the hiring of one of the Government’s  cars. The Opposition has stated that Mr Slipper cannot return to the position of Speaker until the claims of sexual harassment, that have been levelled against him, are also resolved. A male member of his staff has levelled these accusations against him.

Global air traffic is predicted to double by 2030. To cope with this problem Airbus is already planning an even larger version of its already massive airliner, the A380. When it takes to the air in 2020 is will be capable of carrying an extra one hundred passengers. That could mean that there will be six hundred people on a single flight. The newest aircraft are lighter than ever, with carbon fibre plastic reinforced fuselages and frames made from advanced aluminium alloys and titanium. Composite materials provide for safer aeroplanes, for such combinations do not corrode and, secondly, there is no fatigue.

China and the United States are said to be in secretive talks over the escape of a Chinese activist who is said to be hiding in the American Embassy in Beijing. He reportedly angered the Chinese government when he allegedly exposed a policy of forced sterilisation and abortion.

The presence of cane toads in parts of Sydney’s Sutherland Shire has become such a problem that the local council has hired the use of dogs that can detect their whereabouts. The toad is highly toxic and its inexorable migration across a large swathe of the Australian mainland has decimated much of the country’s predatory wildlife. The toad was introduced to Australia from Hawaii, in 1935, to consume the destructive beetle that was such a pest to farmers of sugar cane in Queensland. However, this proved to be unsuccessful when it preferred another menu. South America was the toad’s continent of origin.



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